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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 473 Tampa Bay Rays Matt Gorgen RHP California Calif. $125,000
Bears closer Matt Gorgen isn't as polished as twin brother Scott, the starter at UC Irvine, but runs his fastball into the 90-92 mph range in relief and has shown excellent durability. He also throws a mid-80s cutter that he uses too often. If he had the same changeup as his brother, he could fit into a rotation as a pro but more likely will remain in relief.
2 474 Pittsburgh Pirates Wes Freeman OF All Saints Academy, Lakeland, Fla. Fla. $150,000
A full package of five raw tools, Freeman is the prototypical well-built high school prospect who scouts can dream on. At 6-feet-4, 210 pounds, he's a physical specimen blessed with strength and speed. He shows plus speed, an above-average arm and athleticism in the outfield and projects to be an average defender at worst. At the plate, Freeman's ability is still raw and he has an aggressive approach in need of refinement. Swinging with a natural uppercut, he has leverage in his swing and pure bat speed, leading to plus raw power to all fields. His swing concerns scouts, however, because he has a straight arm hitch in his load, which would affect his ability to hit quality pitching if it's not corrected. But teams won't be able to ignore his raw tools. An Aflac All-American last fall, Freeman is committed to Central Florida.
3 475 Kansas City Royals Derrick Saito LHP SUNY Cortland Calif. $100,000
Five-foot-9 lefty Derrick Saito was making noise early, pusing his way toward the first three rounds with a devastating 92-93 mph fastball and a curveball that Big West Conference coaches tabbed the best in the league entering the season. Saito lost velocity and his release point as the season went on, and his control wavered so much that he lost regular playing time. He could still go before the 10th round to a team that saw him good early, but his stature and short track record of success hinder his chances.
4 476 Baltimore Orioles Bobby Stevens SS Northern Illinois Ill.
5 477 San Francisco Giants C.J. Ziegler 1B Arizona Ariz.
6 478 Florida Marlins Andy Loomis LHP Purdue Ind.
7 479 Cincinnati Reds Carter Morrison OF Clayton Heights SS, Surrey, B.C British Columbia $125,000
Morrison was moving up draft lists as he continued to show more present power with wood bats than any of his countrymen. He earned a spot on the junior national trials roster that went through Florida and the Dominican Republic and impressed scouts back in British Columbia this spring, hitting seven homers with wood bats. He runs and throws well enough to be drafted now, and his simple, low-maintenance swing should help him hold up in pro ball. He'd be a safer pick in the old draft-and-follow system, but his present hitting potential pushes him up the draft list.
8 480 Chicago White Sox Brett Basham C Mississippi Miss.
Basham has a strong arm behind the plate but sometimes struggles with the transfer between catching and throwing. He's a below-average hitter.
9 481 Washington Nationals Tyler Moore 1B Mississippi State Miss.
10 482 Houston Astros Josh Poytress LHP Fowler (Calif.) HS Calif.
11 483 Texas Rangers Justin Miller RHP Fresno State Calif.
12 484 Oakland Athletics Matt Fitts RHP Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
As an eligible sophomore, Fitts didn't sign last year as the Astros' 15th-round pick, returning to Lewis-Clark State to help the Warriors try to win yet another NAIA national championship. He has won all 11 of his decisions and won the super-regional clincher for the Warriors. A high school teammate of UC Davis closer Justin Fitzgerald, and yet another Northern California prep product who figures to go high out of college this year, Fitts profiles as a back of the rotation starter. A Long Beach State transfer, Fitts has athleticism in his compact 6-foot-2 frame that allows him to throw quality strikes with three average pitches. His fastball is unremarkable but sits in the 91-92 mph range deep into pitch counts. He's not afraid to pitch inside, with 22 HBPs in just 14 starts. His slider is a swing-and-miss pitch at the college level and could use a bit more depth for pro ball to be a strikeout pitch. His changeup gives him a solid third offering. Fitts can be a bit home run prone and won't be an ace but should move quickly.
13 485 St. Louis Cardinals Miguel Flores RHP Cerritos (Calif.) JC Calif.
14 486 Minnesota Twins Kolten Wong 2B Kamehameha HS, Hilo, Hawaii Hawaii
15 487 Los Angeles Dodgers Kyle Conley OF Washington Wash.
Washington's best position player draftee will be outfielder Kyle Conley, who could go as high as the eighth round. He's got legitimate power, hitting 19 home runs to rank second in the Pac-10 in the regular season, and reminds some scouts of past Huskies sluggers such as Tyler Davidson and Jay Garthwaite at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. His other tools are fringy. He's an eligible sophomore.
16 488 Milwaukee Brewers Stosh Wawrzasek RHP Walnut Grove SS, Langley, B.C British Columbia $100,000
righthander Stosh Wawrzasek elicited split opinions from scouts. He's the best amateur pitcher in Canada, with two solid-average pitches in a 90-92 mph fastball and slurvy breaking ball that he can throw for strikes. He'll have to improve his breaking ball to make it a strikeout pitch in pro ball. He's committed to Florida International and would fit in immediately there as a freshman thanks to his excellent mound presence and poise. Wawrzasek competes and has a durable frame at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, though he lacks projection. He pitched well in late April in front of scouts and crosscheckers in British Columbia with his club team, the Langley Blaze (Lawrie and Morrison are among his teammates), and could draw interest in the sixth- to 10th-round range.
17 489 Toronto Blue Jays Michael Crouse OF Centennial SS, Coquitlam, B.C. British Columbia $150,000
Crouse, whose father Ray played in the NFL and the Canadian Football League, resembles Diamondbacks outfielder Chris Young physically but lacks premium bat speed. He has made dramatic strides offensively since last year, showing improved power. A long strider, he's an average runner who is faster under way and should have the range to stay in center field, at least in the short term. His average arm could play in the corners if his bat improves enough for him to fit there.
18 490 Atlanta Braves Billy Burns OF Walton HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga.
19 491 Chicago Cubs Ryan Keedy 1B Alabama-Birmingham Ala.
20 492 Seattle Mariners Ben Billingsley 2B Lenoir (N.C.) CC N.C.
21 493 Detroit Tigers Thad Weber RHP Nebraska Neb.
Weber was the only one of the three who was drafted in 2007, turning down the Reds as a 37th-rounder. Recruited out of Hutchinson (Kan.) CC as more of a first baseman than a pitcher, he has a legitimate out pitch in his curveball. He gets hit a lot harder than Dorn, though, because his high-80s fastball is straight.
22 494 New York Mets Travis Babin RHP Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif.
23 495 San Diego Padres Tom Davis RHP Fordham N.Y.
Fordham righthander Tom Davis capped his solid four-year career by going 9-2, 1.90 as a senior this spring. He competes with a fringe-average fastball that sometimes reaches 92, a decent slider in the low 80s and a good changeup in the 76-81 range.
24 496 Philadelphia Phillies Troy Hanzawa SS San Diego State Calif.
Hanzawa is a wizard with the glove who excels with plays to his backhand and has a 60 arm (on the 20-80 scale) to go with average range. He's much improved as a hitter but profiles as a bottom-of-the-order hitter with little power.
25 497 Colorado Rockies Chad Rose RHP Broward (Fla.) CC Fla.
26 498 Arizona Diamondbacks Ryan Hughes LHP Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
27 499 Los Angeles Angels Johnny Hellweg RHP Florida CC Fla. $150,000
28 500 New York Yankees Luke Anders 1B Texas A&M Texas
29 501 Cleveland Indians T.J. House LHP Picayune (Miss.) Memorial HS Miss. $750,000
A lefthanded high school pitcher consistently throwing in the low-90s would typically draw constant attention from every major league scouting director. However, a high price tag and a strong commitment to play baseball at Tulane has made House unsignable, keeping most teams away. House has an above-average fastball, with a slider and curveball that are projected to be at least average. Favoring Mike Hampton, House is 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, and he's athletic on the mound. Similar to Hultzen, after three years in college, House is expected to be an impact draft prospect. A competitor on the mound, House struck out 20 batters in a game at the end of his junior year. He also won a swimming state championship in 2006.
30 502 Boston Red Sox Mitch Herold LHP Central Florida Fla.